A Word from Our Chief Medical Officer
emERge™ - Become a Skilled Emergency Clinician
- January 27, 2020
- by James Barr, DVM, DACVECC - BluePearl Chief Medical Officer
BluePearl offers an immersion-style training program for doctors interested in becoming emergency clinicians.
It’s no surprise to anyone in the veterinary industry that many emergency practices are struggling to find and hire experienced emergency veterinarians. As a national provider of specialty and emergency medicine, BluePearl is no stranger to that struggle. So, we decided to take action.
The BluePearl emERge™ Veterinary Program offers veterinarians the training they need to become successful emergency clinicians. We offer a full-time job at one of our over 100 BluePearl hospitals throughout the country, with a salary from day one that increases through the program. The first year is divided into three segments:
The total commitment to the BluePearl family is three years. We offer two classes a year, with start dates in mid-summer and January. During these classes, emERge™ clinicians experience a fast-moving and satisfying environment, with the opportunity to see interesting cases and perform complex procedures. Most of our emergency services work side by side with veterinary specialists in hospitals that combine innovative procedures and the latest treatment methods with high-tech equipment to solve life-threatening and diagnostically challenging medical problems.
Launched in 2018, the emERge™ program has up to 30 clinicians in various phases and under the leadership of Lenore Bacek, MS, DACVECC. Dr. Bacek spent eight years on the faculty at Auburn University, with six of those as the head of the Emergency and Critical Care Service. Highly regarded by her peers, she has been invited to speak at local, national and international conferences and has published multiple manuscripts and book chapters. She has taught more than 1,000 students and trained more than 100 house officers collaboratively with other specialists.
We are excited about our emERge™ program and the opportunity to help aspiring veterinarians meet their goals, while also helping to fill an industry need. If you’re a veterinarian looking for a career change, or a new vet school graduate, the emERge™ program is an option for you.